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Major temple mishaps in recent times

September 30, 2008 13:13 IST

Following are the major temple accidents that occurred across the country in the past five years:

  • August 27, 2003: 39 pilgrims killed, 125 injured when devotees who were waiting to bathe surged over a flimsy fence triggering a stampede at the Kumbh festival in Nasik, Maharashtra.
  • January 25, 2005: 340 devotees trampled to death during an annual pilgrimage at Mandhra Devi temple in Maharashtra.
  • March 7, 2006: 28 killed, 101 injured in two bombings across Varanasi. First blast at a Varanasi temple followed by another at Varanasi Cantonment Railway Station crowded with pilgrims.
  • August 3, 2008: 162 dead, 47 injured in a stampede triggered by rumours of a rockslide at Naina Devi Temple in Himachal Pradesh [Images].
  • August 10, 2008: Two pilgrims died, 250 were left stranded after stairs leading to ancient Mahadeva temple in Kota district of north-western Rajasthan collapsed.

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